Recently, we bumped into old video footage of an interview recorded some time last year in which the undefeated five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. declared that he would ever donate any of his wealth to Africa, which prompted us to look behind his statement
It appears Floyd Mayweather Jr. has become quite the phenomenon judging by the record number of people worldwide tuned in for his recent epic battle with Manny Pacquiao.
However, we recently bumped into a video clip that might make his followers hate him or adore him even more. It would be quite interesting to hear what people will have to say after watching him declare he would never donate to Africa. A declaration which some would echo as conceited.
The champion said that he would not donate to Africa because he believes Africa has not done anything for him or for his family. Although his statement might sound callous we would like to applaud him for airing his sentiments as they bear the undesirable element of truth behind them.
As the saying goes “charity begins at home ” – Floyd’s loaded remarks that he will only donate to himself and, his family should not be viewed only as egocentric but as a rude awakening for our beloved continent to scrutinise the curse of foreign aid. Maybe it would have been more palatable if he used his conviction as a rallying call for Africa to find ways to aid itself instead of being a basket case. As in the case of the awful Band Aid initiative, too many ‘celebrities’ are using Africa as a stepping stone to popularity as it is.